The Tennessee lacrosse team will host national powers Michigan and Virginia Tech this weekend.
Michigan is second in the current USLIA national Top 25 and SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference rival Virginia Tech is No. 7 in the poll.
Going into the weekend the Vols are ranked 13th with a 10-2 record, including wins over No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 20 Indiana and NCAA Division II Mars Hill.
The Wolverines and Vols have met each of the last two years with the teams splitting. UT beat Michigan 16-10 in a consolation game of the national tournament in 1999 while the Wolverines downed the Vols 16-8 last year in Ann Arbor.
Likewise, the Hokies and Vols have split their last two decisions. Tech took a 16-15 win last season in Knoxville, but the Vols exacted revenge, downing the Hokies 16-14 in the conference championship game.
As healthy as our rivalry is with Michigan, the game with Virginia Tech means a bit more, said UT coach Buff Grubb. We're going to have to have back-to-back quality efforts to make this weekend a success.
Tennessee hosts Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are at the UT Intramural Fields.
The Tennessee men's rugby club returns to action Saturday, traveling to Clemson, S.C., to face Florida in the South Territory final match No. 1.
The winner of the contest faces the winner of Georgia-North Carolina on Sunday for the South Championship and an automatic berth in the national rugby tournament.
The South Territory consists of all college and university rugby teams in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Tennessee competes in the MidSouth Union within the territory. UT beat Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 24 to win the MidSouth title, advancing to the territorial playoffs.
Published: Thu Mar 29, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:34 p.m.